Regional EMS Workers Compete in Annual Hero Bowl

Nearly 150 of the region’s most athletic emergency medical services workers spent the day playing football on the same field that the Washington Redskins practice on.

The INOVA Health System held its third annual EMS Appreciation Flag Football Tournament on Friday inside the Redskins’ inflatable practice dome in Ashburn. Eleven teams of 12 from EMS locales across Northern Virginia competed in 7-on-7 games to be crowned Hero Bowl champions.

With 132 players in all, the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System was the only team to bring a female player to the match.

Dr. John Morgan, the medical director for the county’s combined system, said that the Loudoun team typically does pretty well in the tournament—something he attributes to the physical demands of being a fire and EMS provider.

“They are staying fit year-round,” he said. “That is demonstrated in their performance on the field here—they’re at the top of their game performance wise.”

Battalion Chief Jamie Cooper said that the county participates not only in the annual Hero Bowl, but also in other athletic events throughout the year. “It’s a great experience,” he said.

Last year’s winner was the Alexandria Fire Department. In 2017, the Prince William Fire and Rescue took home the title.

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